# PREPARATION GUIDE

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```					 Orbit® Sprinkler System Designer™
PREPARATION GUIDE

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Use our no hassle, no wait, no charge,            This guide makes it easy and walks you
Sprinkler System Designer™ Program                through the preliminary steps needed
before you start designing online.
at orbit.homedepot.com
Draw a rough sketch of your yard and
record important measurements and
online, you will be able to draw your
property, view your design, and then print
your plan—all at the click of a mouse.

 Draw my property         View my design                                     Print my plan

BEFORE YOU BEGIN                                  These three items are all you need to begin the
Orbit® Sprinkler System Designer™ Program
BE SURE YOU HAVE THESE ITEMS                      at orbit.homedepot.com*
*See last page for directions

Orbit® Water Pressure Gauge      Tape Measure                                     Home Depot Utility Bucket
GRAB A PENCIL                                         Use this sample layout as a reference
IT’S TIME TO DRAW YOUR PROPERTY                       drawing on the following pages.

 100' 
 24' 

deck
10' x 52'

garage
24' x 28'

 90’ 
 90' 

house
 12'                            52' x 40'                              driveway             12' 
24' x 38'

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flower bed                 walk
4' x 30'                 4' x 22'

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 12' 

 100' 

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QUICK TIPS FOR MEASURING YOUR PROPERTY

Measure perimeter of lot and sketch                     Measure and sketch house in
on graph paper.                                         the correct position on the lot.

Measure and sketch features such as                     Check measurements of all objects
sidewalk, driveway, flower beds and trees.              relative to each other to ensure accuracy.
Layout Graph Paper   Graph Scale   = 2 ft.   = 10 ft.
Layout Graph Paper   Graph Scale   = 2 ft.   = 10 ft.
BEFORE YOU LOG ON

WATER SOURCE                                                            WATER SOURCE
1        What is the source of the water you will use for your sprinkler
City / Culinary / Secondary
system? In most cases you should check City/Culinary/
Pump / Well                                                          Secondary. Only if you have a well or pump that directly supplies
your system should you check Well /Pump.
PIPE TYPE
PIPE TYPE
Copper                Galvanized            PVC
Compare your water source pipe to the pictures on the left to
determine which type of pipe you have. If your water source
also supplies your house you can usually determine the pipe
type at the location in which it enters your home. Otherwise you
STRING LENGTH                                                           may need to dig down to the pipe to collect this information.

2 in.                                                                STRING LENGTH
2 ¾ in.                                                              As shown in the illustration to the left, measure the length of
string required to wrap once around the water source pipe.
3 ¼ in.
Mark the box that is closest to the measured length.
3 ½ in.
4 ¼ in.

STATIC PRESSURE
PRESURE TEST                                                   2        Connect an Orbit® pressure gauge to the water source and
                                                                    record the reading. To measure house pressure connect to an
PSI                                                          outside faucet and make sure that no water is being used inside
or outside. We recommend that you take pressure readings as
close to the time of day when you will use your sprinkler system
as possible. Take several readings at different times, even
different days, and record the lowest one.

BUCKET TEST
BUCKET TEST                                                    3        You will need a bucket (see list for sizes that can be used)
Bucket Size                                                             and something to measure time in seconds like a watch
or stopwatch. Use the same outside faucet as used for
1 gal.                 2 gal.
the pressure test. Make sure no other water is running on
3 gal.                 4 gal.                                         the system at the same time. Open the faucet fully then
5 gal.                 6 gal.                                         simultaneously place the bucket under the faucet and start
timing. Record how many seconds it takes to fill the bucket.
We recommend that you perform the bucket test as close to
the time of day when you will use your sprinkler system as
It took          seconds to fill.                                       possible. Take several readings at different times, even
different days, and record the longest time.

Check with your city, county, state or water municipality
Anti-siphon valves required                                 4        agencies to determine if Anti-siphon valves are required
in your area and if the frost line is below 6 inches. If the
Frost line below 6 in.
answer is yes to either one or both questions check the
appropriate boxes.

*YOU WILL BE PROMPTED TO PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION AFTER YOU LOG ON TO ORBIT.HOMEDEPOT.COM

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